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They say they're fighting for every vote - but the parties are targeting a few key seats

They don't like to talk about it but sometimes top politicians admit this general election campaign is really targeting a small number of voters

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Backlash as BBC recruits just 1 in 50 staff in Birmingham

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Post investigation reveals the city is overlooked in recruitment as most roles are filled in London or Salford despite pledge to devolve spending to the regions

Watch: Labour council leader condemns "abhorrent" immigration leaflet by Labour shadow minister

The Labour leader of Birmingham Council attacked "abhorrent" leaflets by a Shadow Minister which warned immigrants must "earn the right to stay" by learning English and obeying British laws.

Liam Byrne has defended a leaflet containing comments on immigration as Labour Party policy

Liam Byrne defends robust language in election leaflet

Labour candidate says city council leader Sir Albert Bore was hoodwinked into condemning the leaflet as "abhorrent"

Apprentices in the Aston Martin design department mould a car from clay

Labour doesn't just want to cut tuition fees - it wants employers to pay students

Attention has focused on Labour's plans to cut tuition fees but the party's long-term plan is for students to earn a salary while they learn

West Midlands' export surplus to China nears £3bn

Region sees another rise in the amount of good heading east compared with what is coming back as brands like JLR and JCB lead the way

LDV site at Washwood Heath has been freed up by HS2 to allow development there

HS2 land freed to create over 2,000 jobs in Washwood Heath

Land in east Birmingham once earmarked for train yards can now be developed under new vision called East Birmingham Growth Prospectus

Birmingham health expert's delight at ban on smoking in cars carrying children

Pro-smoking campaigners Forest claim the legislation is excessive

Labour leader Ed Miliband.

Long time since Labour's prawn cocktail offensive

Last time Labour was in opposition the party launched the "prawn cocktail offensive", when it wined and dined business leaders in an attempt to convince them that Labour was on their side.

Quarter of West Midlands homes can't afford basic standard of living

In the week the Birmingham Post unveils its Rich List, Jonathan Walker looks at the other side of the coin and examines how one in four homes in the region have been plunged into poverty

MP Liam Byrne

General Election 2015: Hodge Hill looks safe for Labour, bookies say

Liam Byrne's seat appears to be one of the safest in Birmingham, according to bookmakers ahead of the 2015 General Election

Michael Fabricant

MPs opposing HS2 call for taxpayers referendum

The House of Commons will debate and vote on the proposal, which is backed by Staffordshire MP Michael Fabricant (Con, Lichfield)

Ones to watch 2015 - Birmingham's political movers and shakers

News about Birmingham is, for better and worse, never far from the political pages and 2015 will no doubt continue that trend with this sextet leading the way

A computer-generated image from inside Curzon Street HS2 Station facing New Canal Street, from the Birmingham Curzon HS2 Masterplan

Washwood Heath jobs breakthrough as committee calls on HS2 to adjust plans

The massive former Alstom and LDV sites in Washwood Heath are currently being held for a HS2 Rolling Stock Maintenance Depot

MP Liam Byrne

The West Midlands is losing out on 'knowledge economy' jobs

There are 267,151 "knowledge economy" jobs in the West Midlands. The figure in the North West is 421,467 and in London the figure is 1.3 million.

MP Steve McCabe

Labour MPs: We must listen to immigration concerns

Birmingham MP Steve McCabe (Lab Selly Oak) is the latest to highlight the issue of the public's concerns about immigration

Who would be Mayor? Potential candidates include Pat McFadden, Sir Albert Bore, Robert Alden, John Hemming, Bill Etheridge, Margot James and Andy Street

West Midlands mayor: The possible candidates

With talk mayor for the West Midlands back on the agenda, political editor Jonathan Walker assesses the potential candidates

Hodge Hill MP Liam Byrne

Midland mayor "could run policing, transport and support for business"

MP Liam Byrne, a potential  candidate for the job, has set out detailed proposals for the powers a Birmingham or West Midland mayor should have.

China flag

Winning Chinese Investment - Focusing on scale and proximity might be the keys

Both in the Midlands and across the UK we need to find some means of bulking up materially for the economic relations with Chinese city regions Liam Byrne aspires to be delivered.

UKTI and China

Chinese investors attend Birmingham summit

Dozens of financiers head to Parliament to learn about opportunities in the city

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